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‘Place Your Trust in God’ is the Dictum of Islam and All Other Religions for All-Embracing Bliss

By Arman Neyazi, New Age Islam

18 June 2021

Islam, Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism and All Other Religious Faith Agree That 'Trust In God’ Is the Most Realistic Ingredient That Makes Sense in Success to Humankind

Main Points:

1.    The trait of trust is inborn in all human beings.

2.    The world revolves on the axis of trust, faith and confidence.

3.    Religions are a source of living a life that is ornamented with divinely trust as well as worldly achievements.

4.    The trust (Tawakkul (توکل)) in Allah, the Most Kind will be more fruitful if the trust of His people is not broken.

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Trust is not something taught to a kid either at home or in an educational institute. The trait of trust is inborn in all human beings. Allah the Most Gracious has ingrained in human being all that is required for a successful divine life. Trust is one of the most realistic ingredients that make life easier to live.

All the while, for worldly affairs as well, on every step one has to accept others advice on the faith that the person concerned is trustworthy. Had it not been so life would have been near impossible to live! It is the trust we have in our family members that we never feel insecure. It is the trust in society that we feel free to contact each other for any inconvenience caused to rectify the issue, peacefully.

In democratic parlance, it is our trust in a certain party or a leader not being ditched that we elect them to run the country or the state. Winning or losing an election is a matter of being trustworthy and untrustworthy. Revolutions or struggles are a case of losing confidence and trust in the system concerned. Thus, the world, therefore, revolves on the axis of trust, faith and confidence. One cannot imagine a life in absence of all these things.

Humanity, therefore, cannot be imagined to exist in the absence of trust and confidence in the Creator of the planet earth and all that is there on it. The human being is not as confident as it exhibits. It achieves the unachievable on the conference that God is there to guide and protect him against all the odds that may occur in the course of his research and invention.

Medical scientists have achieved the almost unachievable cure of the Covid-19 pandemic in almost no time. The cure of all other pandemics, the world has witnessed has taken years in being invented. This must be their spiritual trust and confidence in their ability that brought laurels for them.

Islam, Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism and all other religious faith agree on the point that 'trust in God' and self-ability is the most realistic ingredient that makes sense in success to humankind. Our trust in God, the Almighty brings us out of the dangerous situations that point to a certain failure or death. Trust in God works as a blessing in disguise in difficult times.

Revealed Holy Books, other divine scriptures and the sayings of the Prophets, priests and holy men speak volumes on the benefits of trust in God. Such as:

“…place your trust in Allah. Surely, Allah loves those who place their trust in Him.” (Q. 3:159)

“Tie her and trust in Allah.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2517)

“The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe.” -Proverbs 29:25

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6).

“Nanak, the whole world is in distress. He, who believes in the Name, becomes victorious.” (Guru Nanak, Sri Guru Granth Sahib)

“I am the father of this universe, the mother, the support and the grandsire” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.17)

Mankind’s trust in God and God’s assurance of positivity in return is the axis on which human life revolves. Trust that God is always there to take human being on the straight path of divinity as well as worldly achievements is the key to all-around success, the world has witnessed. Whatever be the situation from a common man to an astronaut to a medical scientist, all have the faith inward that they will be successful in their endeavour having faith in God and their knowledge.

Religions are a source of living a life that is ornamented with divinely trust as well as worldly achievements. Consider the following verses and sayings of various religions and religious leaders:

Quranic Verses Stressing to Have Trust in Allah, the Most Merciful

 “Say, ‘He is the Most Beneficent (Allah), in Him we believe, and in Him, we put our trust,” (Al-Mulk, 67:29).

“And put your trust in Allah, and sufficient is Allah as a Trustee (Disposer of Affairs),” (Al-Ahzab, 33:3).

Said two men from those who feared [to disobey] upon whom Allah had bestowed favour, “Enter upon them through the gate, for when you have entered it, you will be predominant. And upon Allah rely, if you should be believers.” (Surah Ma’idah Ayat 23)

“If Allah should aid you, no one can overcome you; but if He should forsake you, who is there that can aid you after Him? And upon Allah let the believers rely.” (3:160)

“Do not lose hope, nor be sad. You will surely be victorious if you are true in Faith.” And do not mix the truth with falsehood or conceal the truth while you know [it].” (3:129)

And whoever puts all his trust in Allah, He will be enough for him. (Quran 65:3) [11]

And put all your trust [in Allah], if you truly are believers. (Quran 5:23) [12]

He is Rabb of the east and west, there is no deity except Him, so take him as your Protector. (Quran 73:9) [13]

Put your trust in the living Allah who never dies, and celebrate His praise. (Quran 25:58)

In Allah should the trustful trust. (Quran 14:12)

Hadees Traditions on Having Faith in Allah

Umar bin Khattab said: I heard Muhammad saying, "If you all depend on Allah with due reliance, He would certainly give you provision as He gives it to the birds who go forth hungry in the morning and return with full bellies at dusk." (At-Tirmidhi)

Imam Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya said: “At-Tawakkul on Allah was thus made a condition of Imaan; its absence, therefore, indicates the lack of Imaan. So, whoever does not have at-Tawakkul does not possess Imaan.”

Anas ibn Malik reported: A man said, “O Messenger of Allah, should I tie my camel and trust in Allah, or should I leave her untied and trust in Allah?” The Prophet, (SAW), said, “Tie her and trust in Allah.” (Jami At-Tirmidhi English: Vol. 4, Book 11, Hadith 2517)

Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) said: I heard Messenger of Allah (?) saying: “If you all depend on Allah with due reliance, He would certainly give you provision as He gives it to birds who go forth hungry in the morning and return with a full belly at dusk”. [At-Tirmidhi].

One of my favourite hadiths or sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), involves a camel. Anas ibn Malik reported: A man said, “O Messenger of Allah, should I tie my camel and trust in Allah, or should I leave her untied and trust in Allah?” The Prophet (SAW), said, “Tie her and trust in Allah.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi 2517)

 

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Christianity

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” -Proverbs 3:5-6

“Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.” -Psalm 37:4-5

“Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” -Psalm 33:20-22

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.” -Isaiah 26:3-4

“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” -Isaiah 12:2

“And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.” -Psalm 9:10

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?” -Psalm 56:3-4

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” -Jeremiah 17:7-8

 “The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song, I give thanks to him.” –Psalm 28:7

Sikhism

“He who has no faith in himself can never have faith in God.” (Guru Nanak, Sri Guru Granth Sahib)

“For each and every person, our Lord and Master provides sustenance. Why are you so afraid, O mind? The flamingos fly hundreds of miles, leaving their young ones behind. Who feeds them, and who teaches them to feed themselves? Have you ever thought of this in your mind?” (Guru Nanak, Sri Guru Granth Sahib)

“Your Mercy is my social status.”  (Guru Nanak, Sri Guru Granth Sahib)

Hinduism

“No one who does good work will ever come to a bad end, either here or in the world to come” (Bhagwad Gita)

“Only unto those great souls who have implicit faith in both the Lord and the spiritual master are all the imports of Vedic knowledge automatically revealed.” (SU 6.23)

 “The whole cosmic order is under me. ” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.8)

“I am the source of all spiritual and material worlds. Everything emanates from Me. ….” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 10.8)

“Of all that is material and all that is spiritual in this world, know for certain that I am both the origin and the dissolution” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 7.6)

“With a single fragment of Myself I pervade and support this entire universe” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 10.42)

“This material nature, which is one of my energies is working under my direction” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.10)

"The power of God is with you at all times; through the activities of mind, senses, breathing, and emotions; and is constantly doing all the work using you as a mere instrument." (Bhagwad Gita)

Below is an Upanishadic story regarding the Faith:

In ancient times, a severe drought occurred in one region of India. One of the villages in that region was severely affected by this draught. Without rains, the villagers faced a bleak future, as their all livelihood depended on agricultural produce only. All of the rivers and the lakes got dried up due to the extreme heat of the sun. Not even a single drop of water was left in the wells. The whole village people were desperate for the water.

Villagers approached the village priest (pundit) and asked him to organize a prayer to the rain God & asked him to organize a meeting for the same in the temple. All of the villagers came to attend this prayer meeting. In the last one-man arrived at the temple and all of the villagers started looking at this one man with curiosity. Among all the villagers this man was the only one who was carrying an umbrella to this prayer meeting. No villager was ever seen carrying an umbrella outside of the rainy seasons. To the villagers, it seemed unconventional to carry an umbrella when there was not one rain cloud in the sky.

The prayer meeting commenced and at the end of all the rituals and ceremonies, when people were about to leave the temple, they could not hold back their curiosity about the man and his umbrella.

‘Why was he carrying the umbrella?’ villagers asked him.

The man with the umbrella replied: "I have "Faith" in God & the God will provide. He only gives and He only takes away. God will surely answer our prayers for the rain and I will need the umbrella for the rains".

The villagers laughed at him. Not one of the villagers could appreciate the absolute and sincere "Faith" of the man with the umbrella. The scorching heat of the sun outside the temple was still fresh in their minds.

Lo……..Behold, a miracle took place. As the people were going out of the temple door and putting on their shoes, rain clouds appeared in the sky, the gentle breeze gave way to stormy winds, suddenly the sky darkened and thunder and lightning heralded the coming of the rains. A sudden rainfall opened the eyes of the villagers. Their ridicule of the man with the umbrella changed to their amazement, disbelief, and they now understood the intense "Faith" of this man. Now the villagers got convinced that it was the sincere "Faith" & prayer of this man and devotion to the God that He has answered to his prayers.

Judaism

“Depend on the Lord in whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3).

 “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (Samuel 16:7).

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31).

 “And the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favour with the Lord and with people.” (Samuel 2:26).

“But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 1:7-9).

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and overall the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:26).

“But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them.”(Nehemiah 9:17).

Jainism

“It is a friend's duty that he does not leave his friend in a difficult position but provide intimacy and support to him. In difficulty who leaves is a false and the one not quitting is a true friend.” (Acharya Shri Mahashraman)

Buddhism

“I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.” (Mahatma Buddha)

“You only lose what you cling to.”  (Mahatma Buddha)

“Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.”  (Mahatma Buddha)

“The root of suffering is attachment.” (Mahatma Buddha)

Keeping Trust to Generate Fruit of Peace and Harmony

Trust in fellow human being is also as beautiful a feeling as it is ‘trust in God’. The Creator of this universe sends His blessings to the people who trust in His divinity to help and in the same fashion, our trust in our people should also be positively replied to. But in many a case, these days’ people are not respecting people’s trust in them. This phenomenon has created a cloud of mistrust hovering in the atmosphere that is generating fear psychosis in the mind of the human being. It is a dangerous sign for human survival.

Above mentioned verses and sayings of Islam and other religions of the world need to be followed by their followers to achieve divinity and peace in the world and their lives. Let the world leaders and the powers that be create a world where trust rules the roost. The destiny of the whole world is safe if the citizens of the world trust their fellow beings.

The trust (Tawakkul (توکل)) in Allah, the Most Kind will be more fruitful if the trust of His people is not broken and the confidence-building measures are taken for the rule of peace and tranquillity. Let us consider the following and build a world full of divine virtues:

The Prophet, (SAW), said, “Were you to put your complete trust in Allah, He would provide for you as He provides for the birds. They issue forth hungry in the morning and return filled in the evening.” (Related by Al-Tirmidhi).

“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.” ― (J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan)

“Leave things in the hands of God.” (Ibn al-Husayn al-Sulami, The Way of Sufi Chivalry)

“Let your life reflect the faith you have in God. Fear nothing and pray about everything. Be strong, trust God's word, and trust the process.” (Germany Kent)

“In times of trouble, trust in God!”  (Lailah Gifty Akita)

And Allah Knows the Best.

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Arman Neyazi is a columnist with NewAgeIslam.com.

URL:    https://www.newageislam.com/interfaith-dialogue/god-trust-bliss-hinduism-christianity/d/124989


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